Division I - Biology, Chemistry, and Process Engineering

Division I comprises twenty KIT research institutes, the KIT Department of Chemistry and Biosciences and the KIT Department of Chemical and Process Engineering as well as  P2 - Natural, Artificial and Cognitive Information Processing (NACIP) and P3 - Materials Systems Engineering (MSE) in Helmholtz Information.

Collectively we are focused on our new research theme "Material and Energy Circuits in Circular Economy, Life Science Engineering, Process Technology and Digitalization". In this way, we research and teach the latest processes and methods of material and energy conversion for the circular economy and build a synergistic bridge to the life sciences. In terms of content, the size scales are addressed both theoretically and experimentally from nanogram synthesis to the near-industrial ton scale. All research in Division I is geared to the requirements of a resource-efficient data-based society.

Professor Dr. Andrea Robitzki has been Head of Division I since February 17th, 2020,

Head of Division Prof. Andrea Robitzki
Head of Division I

Prof. Dr. Andrea Robitzki







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Material and Energy Circuits in Circular Economy, Life Science Engineering, Process Technology and Digitization

Cutting-edge research in optics and photonics needs special clean rooms for sensitive components. (Photo: Sandra Göttisheim, KIT)
Optics and Photonics: High-tech Center for KIT

Karlsruhe Center for Optics and Photonics Sets Standard and Uses Synergies – Interdisciplinarity Pushes Exchange and Innovation.

For their innovative surface technology for medical implants, nanoshape GmbH was granted the NEO2023 by the jury. (Photo: ©ARTIS Uli Deck ) ARTIS, Uli Deck
Innovative Materials: NEO2023 Goes to Startup of KIT

Double Success in the Innovation Prize Competition of the Karlsruhe Technology Region: nanoshape GmbH Is Granted the Jury Prize, KIT’s Institute for Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics Wins the Prize of the Audience.

A tumor under the fluorescence microscope: the tissue of this pancreatic tumor in a mouse glows green, the nanoparticles orange. (Copyright: Myrto Ischyropoulou / Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences)Max Planck-Institut
Nanoparticles for optimized cancer therapy

Researchers from Göttingen and Karlsruhe have developed a new treatment approach for pancreatic cancer. The innovative method promises to be able to treat the disease in a more targeted way and with fewer side effects in the future.

wbk, KIT Within the DiRecReg project, four institutes of KIT and seven companies develop a complete process chain for a better recycling of spent batteries and production waste. (Photo: wbk, KIT)
Recovering Materials Rather Than Shredding: More Efficient Recycling of Batteries

In Cooperation with Industry, KIT Researchers Develop a More Sustainable and Efficient Process to Recycle Materials from Lithium-ion Batteries.


Early-stage researchers Dr. Nadja Alina Henke (Photo: Jannik Jilg), Dr. Gözde Kabay (Photo: Conny Ehm), and Dr. Jingyuan Xu (Photo: Markus Breig, KIT) receive funding for their projects from Carl Zeiss Foundation.
Research into Bioprocesses, Biosensors, and Refrigeration

Nadja Alina Henke, Gözde Kabay, and Jingyuan Xu Receive Funding from Carl Zeiss Foundation – CZS Nexus Program Supports Outstanding Early-stage Researchers in STEM Disciplines.











Superabsorbers become liquid under UV light after they have taken up sufficient water. Then, they can be reused. (Collage: Ken Pekarsky, KIT) ja
Diapers Can Be Recycled 200 Times Faster with Light

Water and UV Radiation Rapidly and Efficiently Degrade Crosslinked Polymers of Diaper Liners without Needing Any Chemicals – Recycled Plastic Molecules Can Be Used in Various Ways.

Reversible activation and catalytic transfer of ammonia via a compound of main group elements. (Figure: Frank Breher, KIT)
New Ammonia Reaction Might Be Used As a Sustainable Source of Nitrogen

KIT Researchers Present New System for Activation and Catalytic Transfer of Ammonia – Catalysis Is Based on Main Group Elements.

Symbiosis of the tomato plant with microfungi is particularly strong when the plant is fertilized with biochar based on wheat straw (center). (Complete caption at the end of the text). (Figure: JKIP, KIT)
Alternative to Phosphate Fertilizer: Biochar Basis Controls Plant Response

Quick Growth or Long-term Collaboration – Depending on the Biochar Fertilizer, Plants Living in Symbiosis with Mycorrhizal Fungi Exhibit Different Molecular Responses

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